Deep pressure refers to a type of sensory input particularly beneficial for people with sensory processing issues.
It involves applying firm, sustained pressure to the body, which can help to calm the nervous system.
While deep pressure can be part of occupational therapy, it doesn’t need a therapeutic setting to work. You can try it at home by using a weighted blanket, or ask for being wrapped up in a nice bear hug from someone you love. It also works with massages and activities that naturally provide deep pressure, such as swimming or yoga, where the water pressure or body positions exert a calming, grounding effect.
This form of tactile sensory input can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing anxiety and promoting feelings of calm and relaxation. It can also improve body awareness, focus, and overall sensory integration.« Back to the Glossary